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A brief history: Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837 and today is the administrative headquarters of the Monarch. Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.


  1. Buckingham House, c.1710, was designed by William Winde for the 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby. This façade evolved into today's Grand Entrance on the west (inner) side of the quadrangle, with the Green Drawing Room below.
  2. Queen Victoria, the first monarch to reside at Buckingham Palace, moved into the newly completed palace upon her accession in 1837.
  3. The floor plan of Buckingham Palace:
  4. The Palace balcony has been the site of many historic photo-ops in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  5. The newly married Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 20 November 1947:
  6. The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge's famous wedding day kiss, 29 April 2011:
  7. Learn more with this Palace documentary on YouTube:
  8. The Queen's Palaces - Buckingham Palace - 1 of 2
  9. The official page: